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Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and IDEA Selected to Build Obama Presidential Library

The Barack Obama Foundation announced on Thursday that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects have won a design competition to build the Obama Presidential Library planned for Chicago. The New York–based firm will partner with Chicago’s Interactive Design Architects.

“Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects stood out in their commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges,” the foundation said.

The center, which will include a library containing Obama’s presidential archives and a museum dedicated to his presidency, will be built in Chicago’s South Side, where Michelle Obama was born and raised and where Barack Obama was first elected to the Senate in 1996. The $500 million project will be funded by private donations and is expected to open its doors in 2021.

Williams and Tsien said, “This has been a transformative presidency and we will work to make a center that embodies and expands the Obamas’ vision.” Other projects completed by the husband-and-wife duo include New York’s American Folk Art Museum, which was demolished by MoMA in 2013; Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago; and the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong. They are also currently designing the United States Embassy complex in Mexico City.

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